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I have recieved a summons for Allegheny County jury duty. I

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I have recieved a summons for Allegheny County jury duty. I live in Pittsburgh Pa.
I am a baptized member of The Church of the Brethern, an anabaptist /peace church, same as Mennonite and Quaker. I can not however, locate my certificate of babtism..

Regardless, I feel strongly about not sitting in judgement of another (Matthew7:1-2), or to swear an oath (matthew5:34) This participation in government goes past my personal comfort zone. . I just do want this kind of stress in my life. I live simply and follow the way of turning the other cheek. I believe in not using force or retaliation. i was taught to remain separate from the politics of the world.
How can I convey this to the jury commission in a way that will give me a permanent exemption? Is it even possible to recieve an exemption, based on this religous belief?What should I say, and how should I say it? I do not want to appear as somebody who is trying to weasle out.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Ely replied 7 years ago.

it is very possible and likely that you'll be dismissed. You DO have to go there to appear and state your objections, and then you'll be dismissed.

If you cannot go there, at least send a notarized affidavit of why you will not be appearing and your religious beliefs.

The courts get this sometimes, so they will understand, but you have to communicate to them somehow - ignoring it will just make the problem worse.

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